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Poof* Take MY water

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immemorial

this 30th of May

even the fireworks

sound tired

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ATM

They

will sell you

candy cigarettes,

insulin,

Camel Wides,

chemotherapy,

God,

nicotine patches,

life insurance,

and a bronze casket

all

in one lifetime.

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left it standing

my fears are hidden at home in my onion knife

as I drink coffee that tastes like David Mamet

left it standing

downtown on a Tuesday morning

during a plague

somehow that proves

there are things I don’t regret

while we pretend to have enough choices left

the way a crumbling sidewalk shows us

dandelions will continue to grow

on the strength of their convictions

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pretty little things

there’s a girl downtown

gets passed around

she’s early twenties

but plays smaller

she hallucinates snakes

as demons prey on her

there’s a girl downtown

she walks around

bare from the waist down

hacks at her own hair

is fond of defecating on sidewalks

but the winos and scum

buy her pretty little things

so they don’t feel guilty

after

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midwestern death song

last night

shots rang out

slicing August’s midnight miasma

a quivering queen city listened

as Cherokee bells

echoed over cobblestones

black swan feathers topping lost hopes

filling horse-drawn funeral carriages

eighteen shot

four dead

blood pooling at the base

seven screaming hills

four shootings in Cincinnati

ninety fatal minutes

national news coverage

backlit red images

of our violent infection

suffer do we

these slings & arrows

whispering sacred prayers

to a god unlistening

please make

every bullet fired

explode into a spray

of evening primroses

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absent without leave

who can sleep

through the raging silence

of all our canceled parties

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fulcrum

i had children
when i was young
this precluded
my becoming
a violent anarchist

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myths & legends

normality
is a concept
invented by
a pharmaceutical
company

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Over-The-Rhine

a 90 degree afternoon
in late September
leaves boiling off tree limbs
heat swirling billows
of sewer gas necrotic
urine stench blossoming
beneath the grimy crosswalk
underground rivers
of darkened discontent
glassy eyed hatred reflecting
off police car windows
drunken ballerina delirium
magic is dead beneath a tree
in Piatt Park
homeless
helpless
heroin limping
passed children unaware
their poverty is generational
a better life is four tax brackets away
no, son, no…
there is no god
in Over-The-Rhine
today